Top 5 Expensive Pasta Sauces Worth the Price

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Yes, it'll run you more than $5, but your belly will thank you.

Pasta and sauce, the staple of rushed weeknight suppers, can be incredibly cheap and simple to prepare. Or not, if you splurge on the sauce. Although price is not always a reflection of quality, with regards to these five tomato gravies, the quality ingredients and balanced textures actually warrant paying up to $10 (!) for a jar.

5. Mario Batali Alfredo Sauce. The best alfredo sauce is the one you make using butter and cream on your own stovetop. The second best is the one made with butter and cream on Mario Batali's "stovetop," i.e., a totally "green" production plant. This dairy-rich sauce laden with parmigiano-reggiano tastes as if it were made in very small batches...which makes it easier to pass as your grandmother's recipe at dinner parties.

4. Rao's Tomato Basil. "Clean" is the first word that comes to mind when you taste this tomato sauce redolent of Italian gardens in high summer. Bloody fresh tomatoes and pungent basil are laced with just a bit of olive oil to create a pure botanical flavor that enlivens simple string noodles such as cappellini or fettuccine.
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Just buy a can of good quality, whole Italian tomatoes, like Cento, even Cento San Marzano, saute some garlic and anchovy and tossing in torn tomatoes are you go and flavor with whatever herbs, or chiles, turn you on. How tough is this?


I've bought both the Rao's and Mom's and loved them both. Years of Ragu growing up inspired me to spend a few extra dollars. I'll be sure to try some of the other ones on this list, now.

erichenao topcommenter

Honestly I usually go with the one that has the lowest sugar. Also no HFCS. REad the label…the one with all the pronouncable non-lab ingredients are usually your best bet.

Bruce_Are topcommenter


I do that too (get the one with the least sugar). When I make my own I add carrot for sweetness. 

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